Lynn Breedlove Young Leadership Fund
For over 30 years, Lynn Breedlove has been a tireless advocate for disability rights and for inclusion of people with disabilities as full partners in our community. Another of his great contributions has been as a role model and mentor for students. As Lynn retires from his work as Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), the Lynn Breedlove Young Leadership Fund has been established to help continue his legacy.
The future of the disability rights movement depends on building the next generation of leaders. DRW has a strong commitment to educating and mentoring law students and social work students, as well as other students with an interest in public policy or individual advocacy. In particular, DRW has made it an ongoing priority to train students with disabilities and students of racial/ethnic minority background.
The Young Leadership Fund will provide support for students to intern at DRW who have the potential to be future leaders—— people like these who were inspired by their experience as student interns at DRW:
“Lynn was a true force in my life – providing me as a graduate student and young professional with opportunities to learn, lead, and grow. The world needs more Lynn Breedloves in it.”
Aaron Bishop, M.S.S.W., Executive Director, National Council on Disability
“The two years I spent as a legal intern with DRW provided me with a wealth of opportunity to build my legal skills, and led me directly to the legal career that I have always wanted. My DRW experience shaped and informed my current legal practice, which is based on civil rights, employment law, and advocacy for immigrants and other minorities within the legal system,”
Laurie Mlatawou, Bilingual Associate Attorney, Cullen Weston Pines & Bach, Madison, WI
“My internship at DRW was the highlight of my education. The agency provided me an opportunity to succeed regardless of my disabilities.”
Mary Neubauer, MSW and Certified Peer Specialist, Community Advocates, Milwaukee, WI
“My DRW internship allowed me to work for deserving, but underserved, people, with real legal problems, and solidified my passion to represent vulnerable individuals. This experience inspired me to seek public interest opportunities after graduation, including Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Frank J. Remington Center, where I have worked for more than 20 years providing free legal services to people incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons.”
Peter DeWind, Director of Restorative Justice Project, Frank J. Remington Center, University of Wisconsin Law School
“As a legal intern with Disability Rights Wisconsin, I had the incredible opportunity to work directly with children with disabilities in Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system and alongside advocates and attorneys who approached their work with an uncommon passion and dedication. Without question, this experience helped to define my professional goals, shaped my development as an attorney, and prepared me to pursue juvenile justice reform in the Deep South.”
Vanessa Carroll, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center, Jackson, Mississippi
It costs DRW in the range of $1750 – $2500 for a paid intern for one semester. The majority of our interns spend two semesters with DRW, and some also work with us in the summer.
We invite you to contribute to this fund to support the development of future leaders and to celebrate and recognize Lynn’s decades of dedicated and compassionate leadership to ensure the rights of all persons with disabilities and their families in Wisconsin.